Arthroleptis poecilonotus Peters, 1863

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Arthroleptinae > Genus: Arthroleptis > Species: Arthroleptis poecilonotus

Arthroleptis poecilonotus Peters, 1863, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1863: 446. Holotype: ZMB 3345, according to Bauer, Günther, and Klipfel, 1995, in Bauer et al. (eds.), Herpetol. Contr. W.C.H. Peters: 40. Type locality: "Holländischen Besitzungen (Boutry) an der Küste von Guinea", Ghana.

Arthroleptis macrodactylus Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 117. Holotype: BMNH (figured on pl. 11, fig. 5 in the original publication), by original designation. BMNH 1875.10.15.3, according to D. Blackburn (personal. comm.). Type locality: "Gaboon" (= Gabon). Synonymy by Boulenger, 1906, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 17: 317-323; Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 394.

Arthroleptis inguinalis Boulenger, 1900, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1900: 442. Syntypes: BMNH "numerous specimens" by original designation; including BM 1947.2.30.55 and 1947.2.30.56, according to D. Blackburn (personal commun. 15 Oct 2010). Type locality: "Benito River", elsewhere in the original publication noted as "Benito River, north of the Gaboon River between 20 and 30 miles inland from the coast, Gaboon", Equatorial Guinea. Synonymy by Boulenger, 1906, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 17: 317-323; Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 394.

Abroscaphus peocilonotusLaurent, 1957, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 56: 274-275, by implication.

Arthroleptis peocilonotusLaurent and Fabrezi, 1986 "1985", Alytes, 4: 92.

English Names

West African Screeching Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 37).

Mottled Squeaker (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 58).


West African forest belt from Guinea-Bissau to Gabon, north-central Central African Republic, Rep. Congo, northern Dem. Rep. Congo and extreme western Uganda, possibly as far east as South Sudan; Bioko.


Possibly conspecific with Arthroleptis bivittatus according to Perret, 1991, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 114: 72-76. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 181-186, provided an account and noted the likelihood of this taxon being composed of more than one species. Blackburn, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 49: 806-826, noted phylogenetic structure within nominal Arthroleptis poecilonotus. Gabon record (tentative identification) provided by Lötters, Gossmann, Obame, and Böhme, 2001, Herpetofauna, Weinstadt, 23: 21. Frétey and Blanc, 2001, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 126: 381, also reported this species from Gabon. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 58-59, provided a brief account for East Africa and suggested that more than one species might be masquerading under this name, the East African populations actually being conspecific with Arthroleptis tuberosus. See comment under Arthroleptis zimmeri, a likely synonym. Lasso, Rial, Castroviejo, and De la Riva, 2002, Graellsia, 58: 21-34, provided notes on ecological distribution in Equatorial Guinea. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 31, provided records for Nigeria (presumably including what is now Arthroleptis palava). Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 6-16, provided records for Gambia, but suggested that their taxonomic status was questionable. Segniagbeto, Bowessidjaou, Dubois, and Ohler, 2007, Alytes, 24: 76, commented on the species in Togo. Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99-172, summarized the literature. Jacobsen, 2009, Afr. Herp News, 47: 2–20, reported this species from east-north-central Central African Republic. See brief comments regarding range and habitat in Gabon by Larson and Zimkus, 2018, Herpetol. Conserv. Biol., 13: 244, and Jongsma, Tobi, Dixon-MacCallum, Bamba-Kaya, Yoga, Mbega, Mve Beh, Emrich, and Blackburn, 2017, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 11 (1: e144): 4–5, who noted that the nominal species is likely a species complex. 

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